Posted on June 13, 2017 · Posted in Industrial / Flex, Retail

This week, the Trump administration is expected to release a set of recommendations for rolling back manufacturing regulations, in an effort to encourage those businesses to ramp up production.

The plan is a the result of several months of study by the Commerce Department, with industry cooperation, Reuters reported, and is in keeping with the administration’s longtime deregulatory stance.

More specifically, the recommendations will likely focus on the Environmental Protection Agency and revamping its permitting rules, the report said. One such change would be for the EPA to streamline air quality rules for new facilities, Reuters said. Other possible changes, the report added, include moves aimed at reducing the regulatory burden on construction firms, which have complained about Obama-era rules setting tighter limits on the concentration of silica dust and exposure to beryllium.

Beyond the EPA, Reuters said, the recommendations could cover auto parts manufacturers, mining operations, and more. Though the Trump administration has been buffeted by scandal and volatility in its opening months, it has been wildly successful keeping at least one of the president’s promises: Very few federal regulations are being passed.

As Politico explained, the Trump administration’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs approved only 15 regulations from the inauguration through May 15. In comparison, the Obama administration approved 93 and the George W. Bush administration approved 114 in the same time period.

Those are major rules. Politico added that the Trump administration has approved fewer minor regulations than either the Obama or Bush administrations did, but the reduction was not nearly so dramatic.

While movement conservatives have been pushing for just this type of slowdown for a long time, Politico pointed to reasons why the current administration might reconsider this path. For starters, since Trump has left many roles in the federal bureaucracy unfilled and Congress has had a difficult time passing new laws, the rulesmaking process ostensibly is the area where the administration could wield considerable influence, Politico said.

Furthermore, even business groups that would normally cheer less regulation have begun to worry that there are too few rules being passed, and that the slowdown is breeding uncertainty as the government fails to provide the structure certain rules would provide. Among the industries name-checked in the report were pharmaceutical distributors, which has members anxious about an overdue rule “that could simplify a patchwork of state rules,” as Politico put it, and the commercial drone industry, which Politico said is still waiting for flight regulations from the Federal Aviation Administration that could provide clarity for drone operators.

Though there are few signs the administration will change on this matter anytime soon, Vice explained why it probably won’t be able to keep approving new regulations at such a slow pace. Essentially, some regulatory approvals are required by law, and, as with the “fiduciary rule” requiring financial advisers to act in a client’s best interest, it’s not always easy to find justifiable grounds to hold back on some rules set to take effect at a future date.

 

Source: SFBJ

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